World Health Organization steps up policymaking for physical activity sector

By Tom Walker May 24, 2021

Recommendations from the webinar series will inform future WHO policy / Shutterstock / LightField Studios

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a series of webinars to explore the future of physical activity and sport in a world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comprised of eight webinars, the program will involve industry leaders discussing practical actions needed during COVID-19 recovery under the title REINVENTING & REBUILDING: Working together for a stronger, fairer and more inclusive physical activity and sport system for all.

Recommendations from the webinar series will inform future WHO and stakeholder policies and practices.

During the discussions, which will run from May to September 2021, four emerging and interconnected challenges will be explored to identify practical actions: innovation, partnership, use of evidence, accountability and investment.

The first webinar, which will take place on Thursday, May 27, is titled Moving forward stronger: opportunities for exercise, fitness and health.

Led by Moderator Amanda Harding (Convene) and President Fiona Bull (WHO), panels will discuss how the sector can engage more people to be more active, opportunities to create better links between health sectors and fitness and how the new exercise and fitness workforce must look.

Participants include Andreas Paulsen (EuropeActive), Anna Szumilewicz (University of Gdansk), Jürgen Steinaker (Global Exercise), Steven Ward (GO fit) and Hugo Braam (Virtuagym).

Fiona Bull said: “COVID-19 has had an impact on how, where and when people can be physically active and play sports, disrupting access to community facilities, clubs, programs and services.

“It has increased the importance of being active for mental and physical health and has exacerbated inequalities.

“Many are now calling for COVID-19 to be a catalyst for change and an opportunity to better build a stronger, fairer and more inclusive system that provides equitable opportunities to more people of all ages and abilities, everywhere.

“Through a series of eight webinars, involving panelists from the sport and physical activity sector and audience Q&A, we will explore different dimensions of what it will take to rebuild better. “

All webinars are open to the public and professionals in the physical activity and sport industry, including exercise, fitness, sport, physical activity, primary health care and corporate public health. public, private and social.

• For more information and to register for webinars, Click here.

• Read the HCM interview with Dr Fiona Bull here.

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